What is Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, Inc?
Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, Inc. is a non-denominational, non-profit, religious organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Ministry is overseen by a Board of Directors who are members of any number of Christian denominations that believe in the deity of Christ Jesus and acknowledge that He is the only way to salvation. The Directors are representative of as many different denominations as possible, and as such, no one denomination holds a majority.
Our Doctrinal Statement
Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, Inc. is a non-denominational Christian organization. We believe in the following Articles of Faith:
- The personality and Trinity of the Godhead – God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4); The Father is God (Isaiah 44:6); Jesus Christ is God (Titus 2:13); The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4).
- The virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35).
- The verbal inspiration of the Holy Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
- Regeneration, or new birth, by the Spirit of God as the only entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3; Titus 3:5).
- The eternal punishment of all who reject Jesus Christ and His vicarious sacrifice (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:15).
- The Holy Spirit as our source of power for service (Zechariah 4:6; Acts 1:8).
- Unity in all things essential (Ephesians 4:3-7).
- Liberty in all things non-essential (1 Corinthians 6:12; 8:9).
- In all things, the spirit of love and kindness (John 13:34,35; 1 John 4:21; Philippians 2:2-4).
- Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation (Acts 4:12).
- The personal, visible return of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; Matthew 16:27).
The Ministry was founded in 1985 when the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, along with local churches and individuals recognized the need for such a ministry. On November 18, 2009, we became an independent non-profit organization and in 2010 celebrated our 25th Anniversary of serving the Lord Jesus, our community and those that are just ‘passing through.’
The Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, Inc. offices and chapel are located in a trailer at the Petro Truck Stop on U.S. Route 11 between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 81 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Chaplain’s office is located at one end and is usually open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, seven days a week . The chapel end is open 24/7/365 to provide a quiet place for truckers to pray, meditate or read. The chapel provides a significant amount of free literature including Bibles, Our Daily Bread and books and pamphlets designed to meet the spiritual needs of truckers and travelers. The Chaplain’s vehicle is marked as such and can be seen traveling throughout the several truck stops in the area. The truck stops themselves provide ‘outposts’ of the Ministry by having literature and donation boxes.
Each year we host one or more student interns for a week or more. This internship is usually part of the student’s educational requirements and consists of ‘shadowing’ the Chaplain and observing his daily activities. Interns are kept very busy and always find this experience to be exciting, educational and spiritually rewarding. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please go to the link below for an application.
Interns Kyle and Tara with Chaplain Dan and visiting guest Rev. Imbumi Makuku from Kenya.
Excerpts From an Intern’s Evaluation –
As with any new experience, I initially had some anxiety, not knowing what to expect of Carlisle, PA, the truck stop environment, the Chaplain or my fellow classmate. Upon arriving in Carlisle, I was somewhat lost. However, after a few wrong turns I found my way to the Petro Truck Stop. Not realizing how massive an area the truck stop consumed, upon entering the driveway there were no signs of a ministry trailer. I then drove to the farthest end of the grounds, and noticed a cross in the distance. This was the cross on the side of the Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry trailer. The experience reminded me of the old hymn, “At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light and the burdens of my heart rolled away…” Upon merely seeing that cross, much of my anxiety disappeared. I had been lost, but finally felt as though I had reached a familiar place. As I reflected on that initial experience, I thought about the lost sinner who finally sees the Light and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Amazingly, my classmate and I had the opportunity to fulfill almost every aspect of the Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry’s Mission Statement. We provided a listening ear to a bereaved widower (84 year-old retired truck driver) who returned to the same breakfast spot each morning where he had eaten with his wife. We comforted a non-religious gentleman who was about to have major surgery. We prayed for a grieving, homeless man who sat helplessly waiting for a veterinarian, while watching his dog lay on the ground in agonizing pain. We provided counsel and spiritual guidance to a retired truck driver whom we visited in the hospital and later in a nursing home. We had a four-person worship service that included prayer, scripture, a mini-sermon and song. It was touching to see tears roll down the cheek of the 450 lb. wheelchair-bound, retired truck driver with a prosthetic leg. The Holy Spirit was in our midst. We also visited the Project Share warehouse, where we were able to receive several bags of groceries to pass along to truckers and others in need. In each of these instances, there were opportunities to share a ‘ministry of presence’ that simply involves being there. It may or may not involve prayer, song or a Bible lesson. However, it allows another person to feel God’s presence and comfort. In all that you do, God gets the glory and people are edified.
Download the Internship Application internship-application-2017
What are People Saying About Us?
“‘Yeah man, I get home about every 6-8 weeks. It’s tough on the family but this is the only thing I know.’ The drivers who attend our Sunday 8:00 AM service have home churches they seldom see. It reminds us how blessed we are to be able go to church with our families weekly while enjoying access to our needed goods that they deliver 24/7/365. It has been a blessing to reach out to these brothers and sisters, and to stay in contact with them. I have walked into the trailer early on Sunday mornings wondering how the Lord could use me only to walk out afterward with my cup overflowing. What a joy it has been to be involved. Thanks also to our chaplains for being there during the week for these men and women.” Hebrews 10:24-25 – Mark Wilkinson – Worship Leader
“For the past seven years, it has been my privilege to lead worship at the Carlisle Truck Stop once a month. This ministry has been a blessing to me and the other men who lead. The men and women who drive long haul and cannot be home have access to messages and music, but they also need the fellowship that a worship service provides. Our services see drivers from all over the U.S.A. come together to worship our blessed God and Savior Jesus Christ.” – Norm McDonald – Worship Leader
“As a member of the Board of Directors, I praise God as He uses Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry to minister to the truckers and travelers in the Carlisle area. Chaplains Dave and Craig are able to bring spiritual comfort and material provision to the many people they encounter in this ministry.” – Paul Miller – Chairman of the Board of Directors
Phone voice mail messages from drivers who received Christmas cookies at the truck stop:
“My name is … I’m an over-the-road truck driver. I’m calling to say thank you! I need for you to take this to your parishioners to let them know that their compassion and their love for total strangers exemplifies the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the Word, He healed ten lepers. One turned back to say thank you. I want to stand as that one. I hope there are others, but at least I am going to be counted as the one. Thank you again. May God richly bless you and your congregation and I tell you, you folks need to understand one thing… In today’s society what you exhibit is what Christ wants because very few people now do this today. Once again, thanks so much. God bless you and merry Christmas.”
“Hello Chaplain. My name is… I’m a road driver with Yellow/Roadway, and I stay at America’s Best Motel. I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how much I appreciate, and even my family appreciates, the bags of cookies and what you do for us truckers. This is the first time I’ve encountered this and your ministry up here in Carlisle. I just want to let you know as the Word says, whenever you give even a cup of water to one of these little ones in Jesus name, you are doing it unto Him. I just appreciate it so much. It is really a blessing. It really means so much. The little words you put on the bags, the tracts inside the bags. I’m a believer. live in Norfolk, VA. I just think it’s an awesome outreach you guys have.”